WBO Orders Purse Bid for Demetrius Andrade’s Next Fight, Who Will He Face?

Published 12/21/2021, 12:00 PM EST


Demetrius Andrade, one of the most consistent middleweight champs, is eager to get back inside the squared circle. He fought twice this year, defending his WBO middleweight title successfully. Now, he’s in contention to face his next opponent, and the WBO has ordered a purse bid for his fight.

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Everyone is excited to see Andrade, but who is he potentially getting aligned with?

The WBO champ is in line to face Zhanibek Alimkhanuly for his next title defense. The WBO, on November 30 this year, gave a negotiation letter to Andrade’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, and Alimkhanuly’s promoter, Bob Arum, to have an agreement.

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However, both parties failed to come out with an agreement. Following that, the WBO issued a follow-up letter on December 13 to request an update on the negotiations. They gave the two parties a 48-hour window to advise accordingly.

Despite that, the two parties couldn’t reach a positive conclusion and the WBO later added upon letting this fight go for the purse bids. In a letter to Arum and Hearn, the WBO cleared the purse bid for this fight will be held at the WBO headquarter offices in San Juan, Puerto Rico on January 15, 2022.

Further, they even added the minimum amount for the purse bids that stood to $200,000.

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With this fight going to the purse bids, Andrade will hope to get a handsome paycheck if this fight becomes official.

How much amount did Demetrius Andrade bank in his last fight?

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Andrade, in his last fight, met Jason Quigley for his WBO title defense. In this fight, the undefeated Andrade was an undeniable favorite to win. Also, he banked a handsome figure in this bout that went around $2 million-plus a share of PPV buys.

That said, ‘Boo Boo’ will hope to surpass this number in his potent bout against Alimkhanuly. On January 15, 2022, it’ll be clear who emerges as the top bidder for this fight.

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Both Andrade and Alimkhanuly will keep their fingers crossed to get a paycheck of their lives. Do you think Andrade vs Alimkhanuly’s fight should have gone to purse bids?

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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